What is Social Emotional Learning? DES is considering adopting a social-emotional learning (SEL) program. Historically, programs like this have been called character-based education or positive behavior supports. They include programs such as Second Step, The Leader in Me, and Michigan Model for Health. We are currently piloting the TRAILS program which is endorsed by the Michigan Department of Education and financially backed by the Michigan Legislature. If adopted, expect to hear even more about the TRAILS program from our elementary office and staff.